The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Election Project, in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Congressmen (USAFMC) and with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), began operating in Ukraine several months prior to the final round of the Ukrainian presidential election that took place on December 26, 2004. The Project consisted of four delegations of election observers who traveled to Ukraine between July and October, 2004. These observers were tasked with reporting on the way in which the election campaigns were being conducted in Ukraine by meeting with government officials, members of political parties, the media, and ordinary citizens.
Based on the reports of those four delegations (which can be accessed from the Reports & Findings page) USAID authorized a fifth delegation to observe the actual voting that took place in the second round, run-off election that took place on November 21, 2004.
After the run-off election results were invalidated by the Ukrainian Supreme Court, USUF received permission to send one more group of observers to oversee the third round, run-off election of December 26, 2004.
Following the success of the observer missions during the presidential elections, USUF received funding to conduct similar missions for the March 2006 parliamentary and local elections. The first delegation traveled to Kyiv and throughout the Kharkiv oblast for a week in February to observe the pre-election campaign process. A second delegation observed election day activities in Cherkasy, Kherson and Donetsk.
Information about the delegations' experiences each month can be found above, and the official reports of their findings about the Ukrainian campaign and electoral processes are also available above.
Communities visited by the 2004 delegations